5 June 2018: On World Environment Day, Summer Island
Maldives announces its decision to discontinue the use of plastic drinking
The resort, located in north Male’ atoll, will discontinue
the use of single-use, plastic drinking straws with immediate effect. Guests
will instead be served drinks without any straws; if they request for a straw,
paper straws will be used instead of plastic.
The switch away from plastic straws is Summer Island
Maldives' latest initiative to lighten its environmental impact. [In 2016, Summer Island Maldives stopped the use of single use plastic bottles,
which are often used in drinking water packaging. Guests are now offered bottled
water in reusable glass bottles, and the water is produced at the island’s own
drinking water facility. Summer Island uses solar power to produce hot water
and will continue to use renewable energy for the island.
Commenting on the measure, Summer Island Maldives Resort
Manager Mari Shareef said: “The switch away from plastic straws is the latest
measure we’ve introduced to help protect the Maldives’ delicate marine
ecosystem. It will reduce the amount of waste the resort produces, it’s
cost-effective, and it's also something that is popular with our guests. We
will keep making changes like this, so that each year our resort gets more and
more environmentally friendly."